Fear of Color? Find Your Style With This Easy Color Guide!

One of the trickiest aspects of a DIY design makeover is COLOR.  Many people really fret over this one — and for good reason! They ask themselves, “Will it be what I like? Will it go with everything? Will it match? Does it have to match? What if I get one piece of furniture here and another one there – how will I know if it will look good?” If you have had any of these thoughts rattling in your brain you are not alone!

Color is a Part of Style

The best way to overcome ‘Fear of Color’ is to have a system for identifying colors that play well together.  Colors do not live in a void all by themselves.  Color is very much a part of style.  One way of finding your color preferences is by identifying style categories that resonate with you.  Think of an English Country Cottage and it is very doubtful the colors that come to mind would be black leather and stainless steel, right?  OK technically those are surfaces or textures and not just a color, but you get the idea

Color Analysis, not Color Paralysis!

With this color guide, you will be able to find different style categories, and with that find one that is your favorite or pretty close to it.  Check out the style categories below to find your favorite style!

 Here’s How:

  • Each style category offers you a color guide with 5 main color combinations. Pick your style category.
  • Pick the main color you like best
  • The secondary colors will be sure to coordinate
  • All of these paint colors are Benjamin Moore paints
  • These paint swatches are also useful in coordinating colors for fabrics furnishings rugs and wall-covering

STYLE CATEGORY 1: MID- CENTURY MODERN SOPHISTICATE TM

This style embraces clean lines and whimsy using hard surfaces and neutral colors.  So if you like simplicity, clean lines, not a lot of fuss, this is a good choice for you.  The browns could be in the texture of leather, herringbone, paired with the camels and flinty grays and blues as the background.

Photo from Dina Burke Interior Design LLC

 

STYLE CATEGORY 1: MID- CENTURY MODERN SOPHISTICATE TM

This style embraces clean lines and whimsy using hard surfaces and neutral colors.  So if you like simplicity, clean lines, not a lot of fuss, this is a good choice for you. Another color combination in this style category is the rich tandoori and carriage red colors, which are a good contrast to some of the lighter neutrals.

Photo from Dina Burke Interior Design LLC

 

STYLE CATEGORY 2: COSMOPOLITAN GLAMOR TM

This style embraces minimal embellishment in cool glassy materials using reflection for a splash of glamor punctuated with small hits of bright colors on a neutral canvas.  It’s a bit high style and dramatic and if that is the look you are seeking this is another color interpretation of this style category.

Photo from House Beautiful

 

STYLE CATEGORY 2: COSMOPOLITAN GLAMOR TM

This style embraces minimal embellishment in cool glassy materials using reflection for a splash of glamor punctuated with small hits of bright colors on a neutral canvas.

Photo from Dina Burke Interior Design LLC

 

STYLE CATEGORY 3: CASUAL CHARM TM

This style is similar to shabby chic, retro, or country cottage, and uses comfortable furnishings, cheerful easygoing colors and bright patterns.  Here is one color combination for this popular style category.

Photo from BH&G

 

STYLE CATEGORY 3: CASUAL CHARM TM

This style is similar to shabby chic, retro, or country cottage, and uses comfortable furnishings, cheerful easygoing colors and bright patterns.  Here is another color combination for this popular style category using a dark wall.

Photo from BH&G

STYLE CATEGORY 4: WORLDLY TRADITIONAL TM

This style embraces clean lines contrasted with earthy antiques, unique travel collections. Intricate tribal rug patterns embrace activity through traditional colors on a canvas of neutral colors.

Photo from Dina Burke Interior Design LLC

 

STYLE CATEGORY 4: WORLDLY TRADITIONAL TM

This style embraces clean lines contrasted with earthy antiques, unique travel collections. Intricate tribal rug patterns embrace activity through traditional colors on a canvas of neutral colors.  These are classic blue and tan color combinations that will work just about anywhere.

Photo from Dina Burke Interior Design LLC

 

You Are Now On Your Way!

You can use any of these style categories or colors to get you over your fear of color! Terrific–you can get started now!  First though, a little conversation, ok?

Which of these color combinations speak to you? Which style is your favorite? What has worked for you?  Is there one you will be using right away?

Leave a comment below and join in… let me know.

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